The City of Richmond has been awarded an Age-friendly BC Recognition designation from the provincial government for its support of seniors to remains safe, active and independent.

Richmond has received its Age-friendly BC Recognition in part due to using the results from a survey, interviews, focus groups and community mapping to develop an age-friendly action plan. The city’s next steps include establishing an inter-departmental task force and designing a framework for monitoring and evaluation. One example of this is the Older Adults Service Plan, which aims to provide effective, meaningful and appropriate programs and opportunities for older adults.

“Richmond, as with the rest of British Columbia, is facing an aging population so it is really important that all levels of government plan for this situation,” said Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “I want to offer my thanks and congratulations to Richmond on being recognized for their initiatives. This Age-friendly BC Recognition is proof Richmond is a leader when it comes to looking out for our older population.

Richmond is one of 11 B.C. communities being recognized this week and will receive a letter of congratulations, an Age-friendly BC Recognition award poster, along with $1,000 to create a legacy project or a celebration.

The Age-friendly BC Recognition program is a partnership between the BC Healthy Communities Society and the Ministry of Health and is part of the Age-friendly BC strategy. To date, 36 B.C. communities have received Age-friendly BC Recognition.

To achieve recognition, four key steps must be taken. These include establishing an age-friendly advisory or steering committee, passing a council or district board resolution, conducting an age-friendly assessment, and developing and publishing an action plan.

Richmond and the other 10 recognized communities will continue implementing age-friendly plans and projects.

For a complete list of age-friendly recognized communities and to learn more about how communities can receive age-friendly recognition, please visit: www.gov.bc.ca/agefriendly/recognition.